Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is looking for nominees to help fill out their advisory groups for upcoming consultations on the Bill 6, the “Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.” The six advisory groups will work with government representatives to develop recommendations on how employment standards, occupational health and safety, and labour relations requirements should be applied to the unique needs of employers and employees in the agriculture sector.
The nomination process will identify representatives from the agricultural sector, labour groups, and technical experts. Each working group will be chaired by an independent and impartial individual with demonstrated mediation, consensus, and board governance experience. Additional information and nomination forms for working group membership are available online on the Farm and Ranch Workplace Legislation website http://www.alberta.ca/farm-and-ranch-consultations.cfm.
“Farming is more than a job, it’s a way of life, and this government recognizes that,” said Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier in a statement released to the press on Thursday. “These technical working groups will provide an opportunity for a broad and diverse range of voices from the farming and ranching sector to ensure their way of life is preserved, while at the same time ensuring waged workers come home safely at the end of each day.”